Divorce disputes can take a dark turn and become life-threatening. A soon-to-be ex or a former spouse can place the child and the other parent in imminent danger. Kentucky law recognizes these unfortunate family circumstances by enforcing protective orders.
These court orders may be temporary or short-term for emergencies requiring an alleged abuser to immediately stop their harmful actions against the petitioner and the child. A hearing within 14 days is when the judge decides whether to dismiss the case or if the situation demands a more permanent protection through a domestic violence order (DVO), which often lasts up to three years.
Domestic violence order restrictions
A formal hearing for a long-term DVO weighs the severity of the abuse. Both parties can provide testimonies and compelling evidence to prove their claims.
Once the judge finalizes the decision to issue a DVO, it may include the following terms:
- Limited contact or communication
- Forbidden acts of violence, abuse and property damage
- Eviction from shared residence with requested assistance from the authorities for retrieval of personal belongings
- Prohibited presence in specific locations, such as the child’s school, and the petitioner’s residence or workplace
- Awarding of temporary custody, child support and household pet possession to the petitioner
Some counties ensure compliance by prescribing an alleged abuser to wear tracking devices that monitor activities and whereabouts. However, when they violate any of these provisions, the court may hold them in contempt. The police may also arrest them for possible criminal charges.
Strengthened safety measures
Domestic violence is a dangerous divorce consequence. It can terrorize, manipulate and severely injure affected parties. A DVO is meant to prevent further abuses. Petitioners seeking justice must have a legal counsel, who can help in filing procedures and hearing preparations. Having someone sensitive to their needs and ready to fight for their rights can lead to a safer future.